Nov. 23, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - A day after setting the Norris Aquatics Center pool record in the 500 yard freestyle, freshman Lauren Abruzzo took the top time to start the morning action in the 400 yard IM, with an NCAA "B" cut qualifying time of 4:18.26.
In the finals portion Saturday evening, Abruzzo swam the 400 yard IM in 4:18.56, once again below the NCAA "B" cut qualifying time of 4:19.39.
Also in the morning session, fellow freshman Lacey Locke also recorded an NCAA "B" cut qualifying time (54.65) as the top finisher in the 100 yard backstroke.
Locke added another "B" cut time, swimming the 100 yard backstroke in 54.58 to take the top time in the championship final.
The strong times helped Northwestern maintain its lead in the TYR Invitational after Day two, expanding it to more than 200 points. The Wildcats posted 651 points, ahead of Michigan State (442), Missouri State (404), Bowling Green (366), Illinois-Chicago (269), North Dakota (194), Truman State (138), Kenyon College (138) and Northern Iowa (diving only) (29).
Day three of the TYR Invitational begins at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 24, with preliminary action. Finals will get underway at 3 p.m. Sunday evening. Live results can be found at by clicking here.
Preliminary Portion of Saturday's Action
Emily Launer (4:27.98), Brooke Wanser (4:28.58), Ellen Stello (4:28.86) and Megan Goss (4:30.39) finished in the consolation round.
Swimming in the 100 yard butterfly for the first time this season, freshman Lacey Locke posted the fastest time for the `Cats this season in the race (55.93), to finish in second place in the event.
Locke followed up the time with an NCAA "B" cut qualifying time (54.65) as the top finisher in the 100 yard backstroke.
NU posted impressive times in the 200 yard freestyle, finishing in five of the top six spots of the race, as Lauren Abruzzo (1:50.10), Jackie Powell (1:50.17), Erin Sosdian (1:51.32), Lacey Smith (1:51.47) and Ellen Anderson (1:51.77) each posted their top times of the season.
In the 100 yard breaststroke, Katie Branch (1:04.02) finishing in fourth place in the finals seeding, swimming the event in the fastest time by a Northwestern swimmer this year.
Finals Portion of Saturday's Action
In a tight race separated by less than a minute, NU's Lacey Locke took third place in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 56.00. Ellen Stello took registered the consolation final's top time (56.87), besting her fastest time of the year.
Northwestern posted strong times again in the evening of the 200 yard freestyle final, with the `Cats taking five of the top six spots again. Jacke Powell won the race (1:50.03) as Powell, Lacey Smith, Erin Sosdian and Ellen Anderson each cut down times from their morning races.
Julianne Kurke swam 1:03.68 in the final of the 100 yard breaststroke, NU's best time of the season.
In the 100 yard backstroke consolation final, NU's Melissa Postoll won the event, swimming a 56.60 and Madeline Klichowski finished second with a time of 57.19.
Northwestern finished the night strong, jumping ahead in the 800 yard freestyle relay and never looking back. The Wildcats team of Jackie Powell, Erin Sosdian, Lacey Smith and Lauren Abruzzo won the race by more than 10 seconds (7:22.66).
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